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 I had the pleasure of being able to capture some pictures of Theo Katzman and Darren Criss during the Listen Up Tour in Silver Spring, MD last week. I wasn't able to bring my professional camera, so I took these with my Canon Power Shot point and shoot. The crowd was so into the show, that I could barely get my arms up to take the pictures. Everyone was dancing and singing along and really enjoying themselves. They aren’t my best work, but they give you a feel of what the energy level was like.

Theo Katzman was opening for Darren. It was only the second time I had heard him. I saw him in Philly two nights before. I was completely blown away by his talent and stage presence, This guy can really rock. During his set, his glasses flew off his face and a guitar string broke and he just continued on with the song. In Philly, the mic stand broke and he got down on the ground, without missing a beat and continued on with the song.

He debuted two new songs that were not on his previously released album- “Pop Song” and “Do as the Romans.” Both are upbeat and poppy and the crowd at both venues I was at loved them. I can’t wait for the studio version of these to be released. He's playing in NYC on October 5 at Webster Hall. I'll be there and if you're looking for a great night out, I highly recommend seeing Theo Katzman.


http://www.theokatzman.com/

 

 That leads us to Darren Criss. Most of you know him from Glee, where he plays the part of Blaine Anderson, love interest to Kurt Hummel. He is amazing on Glee with his singing and dancing. However, this was Darren's own music and his first SOLD OUT solo tour. He is a great singer, songwriter, and composer as well as an actor. He debuted some of his new songs that will hopefully be on an upcoming album. Having a background in musical theater lends itself well for his stage presence. He really knows how to work a crowd and kept us all highly entertained. His new songs are great and I rotate daily as to which one is my favorite. “Any of Those Things” and “Pheromones” are more upbeat and poppy and I can see them being big hits on the radio. “Picture Perfect” is also a poppy upbeat feel-good kind of song that I think will become every girl’s anthem. It’s about coming home to the person you’re with and seeing them as they are, not dressed up or anything and thinking that they are perfect. During the show, Darren pulls a girl from the audience up on stage and says that she’s representative of all of the girls in the place and proceeds to serenade her, ending the song by taking a picture with her on his phone. This, of course, was everyone’s favorite part of the show.

His song “Words” is one of my personal favorites. It’s a little more bluesy/jazzy and it really lets Darren show off his vocal range. And, when I had the pleasure of meeting him, I was also suddenly at a loss for words. The last of the new songs is called “Once Upon a Time.” I wasn’t sure how I felt about the song at first, but it’s one of those songs that the more I heard it, the more I liked it. It’s about going back to simpler times and wanting things to be the way they used to be. We can all relate to that in some way and I think that’s what makes the song for me. That, and Darren’s emotional performance during the song. Even though he is behind the keyboard for this, he still finds a way to connect with the audience on an emotional level. Darren himself even said that he loves performing on stage since he can see each of us and get that immediate feedback on his performance. It was the best concert I have ever been to and I sincerely hope that Darren releases the new songs soon and goes on tour again.

To check out Darren’s music: http://www.darrencriss.com/

 

Here are some of the pictures I took at the concert.

 

 

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